This mini series is partly inspired by a posting on TechHead's blog. I think there was originally going to be a series there, but for whatever reason (I'm guessing time was the issue), it didn't really develop.
In order to be able to run through the VCP4 syllabus, I needed the following:
- 2 x ESX servers
- 1 x VMware vCenter server
- 1 x Active Directory Domain Controller
- 1 x SAN/NAS shared storage array
- 1 x router/firewall that isolates the vLab from the rest of my home network
This is what I'm aiming for:
Obviously this is going to take up a fair amount of space, will be noisy and hot. So the approach I'm going to aim for is to run the entire vLab on a single HP ML115 G5 with 1 x quad core CPU and 8GB RAM. I'll run VMware ESXi as the base hypervisor and then install the following VMs:
- 1 x Windows Server 2008 R2 VM to run vCenter Server (4.1 requires a 64bit OS)
- 1 x Windows Server 2003 VM to run as an Active Directory Domain Controller
- 1 x OpenFiler VM to run as an iSCSI and NFS server
- 1 x Vyatta VM to run as a router/firewall
- 2 x VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) VMs to run the lab VMs
For the Windows Server 2003/2008 licences I'll use my Technet subscription and the OpenFiler and Vyatta installs are free. For the vCenter Server and enterprise features of vSphere, I'll have to use the evaluation licences.
With the software components downloaded and ready to do, it's time to do the build...http://livingonthecloud.blogspot.com/2010/10/building-vlab-part-2-infrastructure.html